Former government officials in the United States have urged President Joe Biden to endorse former Nigerian Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as the South Korean candidate, Yoo Myung-hee, pulled out of the race.
Recall that the Donald Trump administration did not support Okonjo-Iweala’s bid to become the Director General of the trade organization.
The Trade Minister, Yoo, disclosed her intention to withdraw her bid following discussions with the US and other top nations.
In a statement, Yoo, said that she had been “in consultation with major countries such as the United States” over the consensus vote to become the next director general of the WTO.
Meanwhile, Okonjo- Iweala earlier said she was positive about becoming the first African and first female director-general of the WTO.
Okonjo-Iweala serves on Twitter’s board of directors, as chair of the GAVI vaccine alliance as well as a special envoy for the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 fight.
Recall that top WTO officials recommended Okonjo-Iweala to lead the Geneva body in October after she garnered majority support among the WTO members.
China, the European Union and Japan also endorsed the Nigerian candidate.
Former US trade representative Robert Lighthizer said that her opponent, Yoo, “is a bona fide trade expert who has distinguished herself during a 25-year career as a successful trade negotiator and trade policymaker.”